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Yvonne Blackwood was born in Manchester, Jamaica. She immigrated to Canada in 1976. For 35 year she worked as a banker. Obsessed with seeing Africa, the land of her ancestors, she visited the continent for the first time in 1997. Upon her return to Toronto she shared her experiences with friends. With their strong encouragement to share the story with the world, she penned her first book “Into Africa a Personal Journey”. It ranked in the top five best-selling books under Ghana on the Amazon.com web site in 2002. She has not stop writing since. She is an author, columnist and speaker. Other published books include: the hilarious “Will That Be Cash or Cuffs?” set in a supermarket chain, and her latest release, “Into Africa: The Return”.
Yvonne has published several short stories and won the millennium short story contest held by the Canadian Authors Association, Toronto Branch, in 2000. The story, Best Friends, is published in an anthology titled In all Directions. She is a contributor to the fabulous anthology Canadian Voices.
Yvonne has written numerous articles for several newspapers including Canada's largest newspaper, the Toronto Star. She is an eloquent speaker and has addressed thousands of Canadians and Americans on topics that include “Pursue your dreams with gusto”.